Douglas delight as record looms

Scotland Player of the Year Luke Douglas is hoping to be able to carry play again for the Bravehearts at the end of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Douglas, as was reported in last week’s League Express, was chosen as the Scottish Player of the Year by the team’s coaching staff, and he has confirmed to League Express that he would like to continue playing with the Scots in future tournaments.

“I am so happy I made the decision to play for Scotland in the World Cup,” prop-forward Douglas told League Express.

“I’m very proud of my Scottish heritage, as are my father and grandfather. It was definitely one of the best things I’ve done and will definitely love to do it again. I’m off contract at the end of 2014, so depending on being allowed by my club or new club I have my heart set on a tournament at the end of the year and another one at the end of 2015.”

Meanwhile Douglas could be about to break the record for successive appearances in the NRL if and when he turns out for the Gold Coast Titans in the opening match of the season in March.

After making his first grade debut for Cronulla against Brisbane Broncos in 2006 Douglas has played 194 successive matches for Cronulla and the Gold Coast, never missing a first grade match through injury or suspension.

His run of 194 successive games has equalled the record (shared with Jason Taylor) for the most consecutive appearances, and Douglas already holds the record of having made the most successive appearances from a debut.

“I’m not focussing on the record, but if it happens then all well and good,” said Douglas.

The longest run of successive matches in the British competition was by Widnes hooker Keith Elwell, who made 242 successive appearances between 1977 and 1982.